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A 37-year-old member asked:

which medicine to take to prevent malaria is most effective?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Marybeth Lambe
Travel Medicine 45 years experience
Depends: ..On region you are traveling. Different areas may have resistant malaria; which preventative malaria medication you should take will vary. Also, you will be offered choice based on activity, potential side effects, risk profile, length of stay, sun exposure, stomach sensitivity, personal medical history, even medication costs. Plan on discussing this with provider carefully. Don't forget deet!

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Can malaria be prevented? Are there ways to prevent malaria?

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Dr. Claude Parola
Internal Medicine 40 years experience
Possible: If you are going to an endemic area, you can have your doctor prescribe prophylactic medication and start taking it before you go there, keep taking it while you are there and one week more after returning from there, you should wear long sleeves , mosquito repellent, use mosquito net over your bed when you go to sleep, avoid swampy area, standing waters ( more info in cdc wedsite).
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
see: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2012/chapter-3-infectious-diseases-related-to-travel/malaria.htm#1939. I prefer the Doxycycline when I have traveled to endemic areas, but it causes sun senstivity.
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A 31-year-old member asked:

Which insect repellents are good for prevention of malaria?

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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
DEET & Picardin: Effective mosquito control limits the possiblilty of malaria. Of course, if you are in an area with malria you will need to add medication to prevent malaria too. Safe & effective: 30%deet, preferably in the ultra frormulation adn 20% picardin are proven effective. You can make your clothes insect repellent too by washing in permthrin. Other unproven insect repellents are not recommended.
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A 21-year-old female asked:

Tomorrow I Start taking Mozibite for maleria prevention, however I have been struck down with a cold, can I take any medication or will it effect the maleria tablets?

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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Reaction: Typical cold product is going to have either oxymetazoline, pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine. A common medicine for maleria prevention is Malerone. If Mozibite is a brand name for this there would be no interactions between the medications. However, when you go to get your medication double check with the pharmacist.

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